Best Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Introduced in the 1980s

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The Top Ten

1 Superman (3rd Version) Superman (3rd Version) Superman is a comic character. And probably the first powerful superhero in the fictional world. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. It was published by DC comics. The first animated superhero movie was superman. ...read more.

Ah, so now Superman has a third version of his balloon introduced in the 1980's. And what a version it was! It's considered the largest balloon to have ever appeared at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to date in history! That said, this balloon debuted in 1980. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

2 Olive Oyl Olive Oyl

Took them long enough to have Popeye's female companion Olive Oyl appear along side him! This balloon debuted in 1982. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

3 Woody Woodpecker Woody Woodpecker Woody Woodpecker is an anthropomorphic animated woodpecker, inspired by the acorn woodpecker and also resembling the pileated woodpecker, who appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz animation studio and distributed by Universal Pictures.

Wow, the 1980's really must have been a booming time for new balloon introductions! And what better way than to have Woody Woodpecker be the first of the headliners for one of the most iconic cartoon characters being used for a new balloon in a long time since Mickey Mouse? This balloon made its debut in 1982. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

4 Yogi Bear Yogi Bear Yogi Bear is a cartoon character who has appeared in numerous comic books, animated television shows and films.

And now we have another iconic cartoon character making his way on the list. It's Yogi Bear! Smarter than the av-er-age bear! Making his debut as a balloon in 1983! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

5 Garfield Garfield Garfield is a comic strip cat, created by Jim Davis in 1978. Garfield is well-known in many countries and has appeared in over 2.500 newspapers. He has also had 2 live-action movies, 3 CGI-movies and two animated TV shows, Garfield and Friends (1988-1994) and The Garfield Show (2008-2014). ...read more.

He may hate Mondays, but I'm sure we can all agree he might just love Thursdays. Fourth Thursdays of November, that is! Garfield would make his debut as a balloon in 1984. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

6 Raggedy Ann

Just a balloon based on the titular character Raggedy Ann from an American children's book series. Never heard of it prior to researching for this list, but might as well mention it. It made its debut as a balloon in 1984. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

7 Betty Boop Betty Boop Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick.

Now introducing Betty Boop, the poster girl of Fleischer cartoons. And arguably the most iconic one of all of them. She got her own balloon debut in 1985. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

8 Spider-Man Spider-Man Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the ...read more.

It's your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! He does whatever a spider can! So Spidey got his own balloon debut in 1987. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

9 Ronald McDonald

I'm lovin' it. And I'm lovin' that Ronald McDonald balloon as well. Got its debut in 1987. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

10 Bugs Bunny Bugs Bunny Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created by the staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros.) He is one of the most famous cartoon characters, and he is in the show Looney Tunes. His famous quote is "What's up doc?". He is a gray colored bunny with big teeth and big feet. His ...read more.

Eh, what's up, doc? Well, this doc's got something to say you, Bugs. You got your own balloon debut in 1989. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The Contenders

11 Knight Rider Knight Rider Knight Rider is an American television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson. The series was originally broadcast on NBC from 1982 to 1986. The show stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced artificially intelligent, self-aware and ...read more.
12 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
13 My Little Pony

It was first debut in 1983 as G1.

14 Muppet Babies Muppet Babies Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, commonly known by the shortened title Muppet Babies, is an American animated television series that aired from September 15, 1984 to November 2, 1991 on CBS.
15 Popeye Popeye
16 Pound Puppies
17 Care Bears
18 Teddy Ruxpin
19 Cabbage Patch Dolls
20 G.I. Joe
21 Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

They returned once again in 1987.

22 The Flintstones The Flintstones The Flintstones is the first animated prime-time American television series. It was broadcast from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966 on ABC.
23 Glo Friends
24 Baby Shamu
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